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While suicide awareness is important, it’s even more vital to develop suicide alertness. As Christians, we should take the lead to learn to recognize the signs and invitations of a person who is at risk for suicide. […] Read More

Churches need to be structured and conditioned in such a way to respond with grace, compassion and love to those who are struggling with mental health issues. We must end the stigmas attached to the needs of mental health. […] Read More

The suicide rate in the US has been increasing for a decade. Its sharpest rise is occurring in children and teens, with the rates for 10- to 14-years-olds spiking 178% and for 15- to 19-year-olds increasing 76%. […] Read More

Clergy are so busy ministering and offering hope to others, they quickly find themselves isolated and alone. Here are 10 ways your church can ensure the good mental health of your pastor. Make sure you minister to your minister. […] Read More

More than 150,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2017 were related to alcohol, drugs and suicide, a study found. Total deaths attributable to these three factors have more than doubled since 1999. […] Read More

Seventy-three percent of U.S. adults believe euthanasia should be legal for terminally ill patients, according to a Gallup survey, and 67 percent said doctor-assisted suicide should be legal for terminally ill patients. Both are near record highs and demonstrate a significant increase in support for these views since Gallup’s polling on these issues began. Euthanasia […] Read More

Tom Schweich committed suicide at his home on Feb. 26, 2015. He was 54. Schweich was a well-known Republican leader in Missouri. He had been elected to a second term as state auditor and was positioning himself for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. Former U.S. Sen. John Danforth and now Episcopal priest performed the eulogy. He […] Read More

A recent Pew Research Center survey provides a glimpse into changing perceptions on end-of-life issues in the U.S. In 2013, 66 percent of U.S. adults agreed that there were circumstances in which a patient should be allowed to die while 31 percent said medical professionals should do everything possible to keep a patient alive. “The […] Read More

Sadly, today, there are many deaths by suicide. Very few people have not been deeply affected by the suicide of a loved one. In the United States alone, there are more than 33,000 suicides a year. That averages out to 90 such deaths per day, about three to four every hour. And yet suicide remains […] Read More

Three recent events have compelled me to consider the church’s position on suicide. First, I was required to participate in a suicide prevention seminar developed by the Mississippi Department of Education. Second, I watched a “Law and Order” episode in which physician-assisted suicide was the issue at trial. Third, Vermont’s legislative declaration on physician-assisted suicide […] Read More